Great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti visits Prague on farewell world tour

Luciano Pavarotti, photo: CTK
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The great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has sold over 100 million albums in a career spanning four decades. Czech music lovers will have a final chance to see him on Wednesday night, when he appears in Prague as part of his 40-date world Farewell Tour. Before he arrived in the Czech capital, Luciano Pavarotti explained why he thought audiences loved him so much.

Luciano Pavarotti, photo: CTK
"They like my personality, and I am an extrovert, I love people. And not just audiences, all people. I really love people and so probably the people realise this and give me back the love. I am working in the world of the heart, and I have an incredible audience, very nice and very...happy - I know at the very end of the concerts I see them and they are equally as happy as me. And that's a good thing."

Luciano Pavarotti will turn 70 later this year, but he says he won't be retiring completely when his Farewell Tour comes to an end. As the Three Tenors, he, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo recorded the biggest selling classical album of all time. Does Pavarotti think new names will emerge to replace this stellar generation?

"We are doing a tour around the world and then we will do probably two concerts a year after that, especially with the Three Tenors. We singers are very particular people with a very particular personality, so there will never be one like me or Placido or like any other, but it will be somebody with a personality."

Pavarotti's concert at the Sazka Arena may be his last in Prague, but it is not his first: he has given one previous performance here, in December 1996. While the Italian singer still has very fond memories of the Czech capital, he says he hasn't got any concrete plans for his visit to the city.

"I remember vividly this city, beautiful; Prague is such an incredible city, beautiful. I am a guy who doesn't like to make plans. I come to Prague, let's see what I can do, what I can see."